UJA Major Gift Events Achieve Record Results; $51.8 Million Raised

As the 1986 United Jewish Appeal/Federation Campaign gains momentum, eight Major Gift events have achieved record-breaking results indicating a highly successful campaign year, it was announced here today. The total raised came to $51.8 million, a 22 percent card-for-card increase over last year and a dollar gain of $9.34 million.

The events include the Major Gifts Invitational Mission, President’s Mission, International Leadership Reunion, Young Women’s Cabinet Retreat, Women’s Division Mission, Young Leadership Retreat, Fly-In and “The Washington Connection.”

UJA national chairman Alex Grass hailed the UJA’s harmonious cooperation with communities across the country stating that “this joint effort has visibly strengthend and invigorated the ’86 Campaign.”

‘THE WASHINGTON CONNECTION’

Citing “The Washington Connection” as an outstanding UJA event, Grass revealed that at this intensive one-day program recently held in Washington, D.C., more than 300 Jewish leaders representing dozens of communities throughout the United States pledged $5.6 million. This represented a 23.9 percent increase over the previous year’s pledges and a dollar gain of $1.06 million.

Under the chairmanship of Jerome Dick and associate chairman Harriet Zimmerman, “The Washington Connection” enabled community leaders to go behind the scenes and meet top Administration and Congressional officials for an update and analysis of domestic and international events.

Highlights included off-the-record briefings with Assistant Secretary of State Richard Murphy who discussed the prospects for peace in the Middle East and Ambassador Max Kampelman who spoke about the negotiations concerning arms reduction.

The caucus was addressed by Grass who stressed the critical needs at home, in Israel and around the world, as he urged the audience to do their very best for the ’86 Campaign. “Whether it’s the pioneer farmer in the Galilee, the senior citizen living on a modest pension, or the youngster from a deprived neighborhood now learning in a Youth Aliya village,” he said, “they are looking to us for vital help and we cannot let them down.”

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